Following a glorious 22-year tenure and 1235 games in charge of the Gunners, the legendary professor bid the London club farewell this May.
During the World Cup in Russia, Wenger worked for French and Middle Eastern channels as a pundit. He’s reportedly had many offers from around the world, although so far Wenger has declined to reveal the interested teams.
We revealed in an earlier article reports linking Wenger to Turkish club Galatasaray, but they’re one of many clubs interested. What is certain though, is that the iconic manager worked tirelessly during his tenure at Arsenal, and will continue to do so at his future club.
For the past 34 years, Wenger hasn’t stopped working and, unlike other managers, has not had any time off since he took control of French side Nancy in 1984. In a time when the average tenure of a Premier League manager is less than two seasons, his spell at Arsenal made him the longest serving manager in the English Premier League.
This experience, and longevity, has made Wenger one of the most in-demand managers on the market.
There were many rumours that he would become a director at Paris St. Germain (PSG), with whom he has close ties. Having been an adviser to the Qatari owners of PSG, a move to their executive management would be a welcome change from managing a team.
Wenger said that he isn’t sure whether he would like to continue coaching or pursue a different career in football. What he is certain about, however, is that he would like to continue to proliferate his football knowledge.
Another rumour floating around is a return to his Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight. Wenger has mentioned many times that he thoroughly enjoyed his 18 months at the club, and how his time there left a deep impression. He has credited his overhaul of Arsenal’s training methods to his time in Japan.
While many want him to stay in England and take the reigns of another Premier League club, Wenger told Arsenal.com that he planned to move to a club abroad, as he feels he would betray his former club by staying.
Outside of England, Monaco are reportedly considering Wenger. Such a move might also be unlikely, however, as Wenger remarked that he would not want a position where competing against his former club was a possibility.
When Wenger arrived in London during the 1996/97 season, he took control of a struggling Arsenal side and transformed them into the powerhouse they are today. Wenger’s finest season with the club was in 2003/04, when he led Arsenal to an undefeated season with a record 26 wins and 12 draws, cementing their legacy in the annals of English football as the Invincibles.
It wouldn’t be an outlandish comment to say that the Invincibles should be spoken in the same breath as some of the greatest ever sports teams of all time. While he now admits that he stayed too long at Arsenal, his time there will never be forgotten.
Always forward thinking and ahead of his time, wherever Wenger’s next role is, he will surely make his mark.